Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 02/21/2010 06:02:00 AM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Mayor Don Kurth, the newest member of the City Council, has been busy welcoming the newest member of his family.

Nearly two years into a sometimes emotional adoption process, Kurth and his wife, Dee Matreyek, have succeeded in bringing home a baby girl.

“I think it’s fair to say we’re both having the time of our lives,” Kurth said.

Daisy Grace Kurth, 28 days old today, is a brunette with blue eyes. In her father’s arms, she looks about as big as a small loaf of bread.

“My cat is bigger than she is,” Matreyek said.

Unlike most newborns, Grace has little interest in crying. She fusses and cries for about five minutes on most days.

“With all we went through to get her, maybe we deserve a good baby,” Matreyek said.

After signing up with an adoption agency in 2008, the couple met a string of moms-to-be but things didn’t work out until Daisy came along. Some moms had drug problems and mental illness. One mother simply disappeared in the middle of the process.

One mother, who was scheduled to give birth in January, picked Kurth and Matreyek to be the parents. The couple spent Thanksgiving weekend with the mother and even organized a baby shower. But one week before the baby was due, the mother changed her mind.

Matreyek called the process a “crapshoot.”

“It’s incredibly disappointing,” Matreyek said. “You get angry and you wonder if you were taken advantage of.”

Both were devastated. To cope, they went to the city’s animal care and adoption center and took home a German shepherd. They named the puppy Lucy.

The setback did not dissuade the couple from adopting; both are huge proponents of starting a family through adopting. Matreyek and her brother were both adopted. Kurth’s nephew was also adopted.

Just one month after the couple’s hopes were dashed, they got a phone call. A couple who was financially unstable was looking for a family to care for their baby. Eight days after the blue-eyed girl was born, the mayor and his wife took her home.

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